Irish student entrepreneur wins 2022 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards – FE News

After a year-long nomination, application and presentation process, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) has revealed the grand champion for its annual competition. Announced in the finale of a four-part YouTube series released on June 30 that has garnered more than a million views, the global champion is Nick Cotter, CEO and co-founder of Agritech pin, specializing in targeted and selective treatment systems for sheep in Abbeyfeale, Ireland. Cotter learned of his win during the latest episode of a four-part miniseries called “Start it Up,” which was produced by the awards program.

Cotter has been an entrepreneur from a young age, starting his first company, Cotter Bros Firewood when he was 13 years old. In 2019, he started a second company, Cotter Organic Lamb, which directly sells the award-winning, 100% grass-fed. , organic lamb raised on his farm in Abbeyfeale, owners and local restaurants. Today he is enrolled at University College Cork in his fourth year of law and business studies. For his successful efforts in the GSEA competition, Cotter received US$40,000 from EO to invest in his business.

GSEA is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university and 2022 marks the 16e year that the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) hosted the awards. Candidates nominate their companies through an open application process and compete against peers from around the world in a series of local and national competitions to qualify for the GSEA Global Finals. For the 2021-2022 competition, 1,093 applications were received from students from 40 countries and six continents. 60 students advance to the World Finals, leading to the top six finalists.

The first finalist for 2022 is Mateo Bolivar, 22 years old, from Colombia, founder of Controller, an app that improves the hotel guest experience by allowing guests to make inquiries quickly through their mobile devices. He received US$16,000 for his business. The second runner-up is Smrithi Sivakumar, 22 years old, from Coimbatore, India, founder of Shika Creations, an artisan boutique selling bespoke, traditional and eco-friendly terracotta jewelry and decorative products. She received US$10,000. The other three entrepreneurial finalists were:

  • Diogo BezerraSão Paulo, Brazil – 29, founded But1Codea coding school to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Brazil learn the skills needed to succeed in the tech industry for free.
  • Chido DzinotyiweiHarare, Zimbabwe – 25, founded Vambo Academy an online platform that works to preserve native and indigenous African languages ​​and culture by helping new generations learn to speak;
  • Shamil KarimBangalore, India – 18, founded Diginoora marketplace where you can buy, own and sell Indian cinema digital art.

The World Finals took place in Cape Town, South Africa, where the miniseries was taped in May. Finalists pitched their businesses to two sets of judges. The final round of judges included: Michael Ross, EO Los Angeles Chapter Member and Chair of the Global External Engagement Committee; Roberta Elizondo, grand champion of the GSEA 2021; Afrotainment label founder and platinum-selling DJ DJ Tira commented.

Tira described Cotter’s business as, “A great business idea that just keeps growing.” Elizondo added, “We know you have what it takes to actually make this world a better place.”

Upon hearing that he had won, Cotter, delighted and surprised, told the judges, “It’s more than I ever thought possible to become world champion. Thank you GSEA. For my mentor, Tyler Olson, it’s also for you. This is for anyone who knows who they are. Each stage of the competition is intense enough, and you hope so. It is an incredible achievement and pure joy for me.

A unique aspect of the evaluation process for these student awards is the weighting of the personal motivations and core values ​​of the individual, before their actual activities. 70% of the scores were calculated based on the entrepreneur himself and his ability to withstand the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. The remaining 30% is based on the ingenuity and proven success of their business.

Tamarin Morrell, Program Director of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, explained the importance of this initiative.

“Start it Up has brought the remarkable stories of GSEA competitors to the world at a time when we can all use a little optimism for the future. It’s a timely reminder that there are budding entrepreneurs out there. who see not insoluble problems, but opportunities to change the world. I am proud to be part of an organization that recognizes and supports these promising young changemakers.

The GSEA program supports student entrepreneurs who need much-needed mentorship, recognition, and connections to take their business to the next level of success. Information on the 2022-2023 application schedule will soon be announced on the GSEA website and its social networks.

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